Rec worker moves to water district |

Rec worker moves to water district

Nicole Frey

VAIL – Working at the Vail Recreation District’s Youth Services, Diane Johnson had a knack for developing programs for kids and actually getting the kids interested in them, said Mike Ortiz, the agency’s director.She gained such a good reputation throughout the community for increasing the number and capacity of youth programs that the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District snapped her up to be the district’s own community relations manager.After 16 years at the recreation district, Johnson will start her new job with the water and sanitation district March 6. “Diane’s passion for providing the community’s youth with activities and events has been remarkable,” Ortiz said in a press release. “Her tireless effort to make Vail the best for our local children and our visiting guests has not gone unnoticed.”Starting at the recreation district in 1990, Johnson was a youth outreach worker operating The Hang Out, Vail’s teen center. She also developed programs for students, including Camp Vail and Pre Kamp Vail, Camp Eco Fun, KidZone and several early-childhood programs. Johnson also organized after-school programs at Red Sandstone and Edwards elementary schools, and supported Vail’s skate park. Johnson also is a founding director of the Eagle River Youth Coalition and works with the Eagle County and Vail on kids’ issues. Last year, she helped start the Imagination Station, a children’s museum. “I will miss being involved in the daily happening of young people and having the opportunity to see them mature,” Johnson said in a press release. Filling the new position at the water and sanitation district, Johnson will act as a liaison between the water and sanitation district and the public. Chad Young, a youth services coordinator with the recreation district since 2002, will replace Johnson.Vail, Colorado

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